COVID-19 pandemic may come and go for up to 2 years: Chinese expert

Focus Taiwan
Date: 03/23/2020
By: Elizabeth Hsu

An empty street in San Francisco, California after a shelter-in-place order was imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Taipei, March 23 (CNA) A Chinese medical expert has predicted that the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that has spread rapidly around the world will not disappear anytime soon and could last off and on for one or two years.

Initially, the global outbreak of COVID-19 should peak in April and last until between May and June, predicted Zhang Wenhong (張文宏), head of Shanghai's COVID-19 clinical expert team, during a recent video conference held by the Chinese consulate in Düsseldorf, Germany.

After retreating during the summer, the outbreak could reappear next winter and peak again in the spring of 2021, he suggested.

"It's possible that the virus comes and goes and lasts for one or two years," he said.

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